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Johnson playing safely at safety

Tyrell Johnson (Michael Conroy/AP)

Safety Tyrell Johnson learned a lot from veteran Darren Sharper, but the second-year safety knows he can't take the risks Sharper does because of the experience factor. Johnson and Sharper talked in-depth about each other, the schemes and the defensive philosophies.

At the end of the 2008 season, there were a lot of questions surrounding two of the Vikings' elder statesmen – center Matt Birk and safety Darren Sharper. In the 2008 draft, the Vikings made a point to draft players that were viewed as the heirs to their positions – safety Tyrell Johnson and center John Sullivan. When the season ended, neither Birk nor Sharper was given a good enough contract...

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